Tidal Datum, San Francisco
66 x 82 x 184cm
Adrien Segal is an artist and data sculptor based in Oakland, California. Her work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums, and is published in several books and academic journals, including Boom: A Journal of California, Data Flow 2 and Arid Journal. She works across disciplines and in a variety of three-dimensional media including cast glass and bronze, wood, marble, metal, and clay, as well as two dimensional drawings and digital data-based printed artworks. On her three-dimensional practice, she states:
Sculpture is the means by which I reconcile conventions of reason and fact with an intuitive and emotive experience. I interpret the complex poetics of statistical information by translating data into lines, forms, and materials to reveal trends, patterns, and changes in the landscape that occur over time. Layers of tangible information are communicated intuitively as a refined and contextual physical experience from which knowledge can be elicited.
This piece, Tidal Datum, is a three-dimensional piece that uses the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Historic Tide Database for its conceptual inspiration, and represents a full cycle of tidal ebbs and floods. Twenty-nine daily tide charts of the verified water level recorded at the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration’s tide station in Seldovia were translated into hand bent steel and framed in a wood structure made from walnut. At the lowest, the water level is 4’ below sea level and 21’ above sea level at its highest.
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA